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Gender Consultant

Palestine (Palestinian Territory)

  • Organization: We Effect
  • Location: Palestine (Palestinian Territory)
  • Grade: Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Gender-based violence
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-03

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TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR)

National Consulting Firm for Gender Capacity Development and Gender Mainstreaming in Environment and Climate Change sector

 

1. BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION

 

1.1 We Effect, is a Swedish Non-governmental, non-profit, non-religious and civil society developmental organisation established in 1958 non-political, operating in Palestine since 1998, aiming at achieving the mission to, through a mutual partnership, strengthen local and democratic civil society organizations so that their members can improve their living conditions, enforce accountability of duty-bearers, defend their rights and contribute to a more just world.

 

1.2 (ECJP) Environmental and Climate Justice Programme in Palestine is a partnership between We Effect, and the Palestinian Agricultural Institutions Coalition (PAIC) established in 2018; a coalition of six environment, climate and agricultural non-governmental organisations in Palestine (Agricultural Development Association (PARC), Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG), Land Research Centre (LRC), MA’AN Development Centre, and the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ). In addition, one technical partner organisation will contribute to the programme especially in terms of advocacy The Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network (PENGON). The PAIC organisations have decades of experiences in the Palestinian, regional, and international context in the field of community development, natural resources management, agriculture, environment, water, human capacity building, good governance and accountability as well as risk and crisis management. The Environmental and Climate Justice Programme is a 36-month programme with the timeframe 2021-2023, it will be implemented in the most climate vulnerable rural communities in Palestine (Gaza, West Bank specifically Area C, Hebron District, East Jerusalem and Jordan Valley). The overarching goal of the programme is “To contribute to improving environmental and climate justice in Palestine” and the specific programme objective is “By 2024, civil society organisations and right-holders have the capability to address and challenge structural barriers to environmental and climate justice in Palestine.”

 

1.3  Programme goal and objective:

-      The overarching goal of the programme is “to contribute to improving environmental and climate justice in Palestine”.

 

-      The programme objective is that “by 2024, civil society organisations and right holders have the capacity to address and challenge structural barriers to environment and climate justice in Palestine”.

 

 

2. ASSIGNMENT

 

Objective of the assignment is to:

1.     Conduct capacity assessments for the PAICs (management and staff) and accordingly develop a capacity building plan for the coming 2 years

2.     Provide capacity development for the PAICs in the area of gender with focus on the integration between gender & environment.

3.     Support PAIC and lead the social impact assessment as part of full ESIA study.

4.     Conduct the gender power analysis including the gender conflict sensitivity in coordination with the conflict sensitivity consultant.

 

2.1 Scope of Work: The study should examine the intersections between gender equality and Environment Climate Change Resilience according to:

 

(1) General Description and Purpose of the gender power analysis study: We Effect seeks to procure the services of an external national gender expert organization consultant to produce gender conflict sensitivity analysis and gender power analysis report highlighting and analysing the impact of norms, attitudes that create barriers to women meaningful participation in this programme, the gendered dimensions of environmental burdens on women and the root causes of gender inequality. The analysis should examine the connection between the social gendered norms, Gender based violence GBV and the direct impacts of climate change on the environment and the subsequent impact on socio-economic livelihoods on women that are dependent on local natural resources for their livelihoods (e.g., food, fuel and water) and highlight the interconnectedness of gender inequality and climate injustice.

The main purpose of the GPA will be to understand the root causes of gender inequality, which might create barriers to women’s meaningful participation in this programme. The analysis will explore, norms, attitudes and behaviour that perpetuate gender inequality in each context community to ensure that interventions are designed based on qualitative evidence and take a norm critical approach. Gender inequality, women’s status, and capacity for protection will be explored. To what extent do harmful gender norms intersect with climate change, human rights and conflict? How will these norms limit women’s access to information, access to support and safety and security and hinder women’s participation and benefit from this programme? The Gender and Power Analysis is intended to be conducted with the ESIA to highlight the interconnectedness of gender inequality and climate injustice. The ESIA and Gender and Power Analysis findings will be analysed together to ensure a comparative understanding of how environment and climate change issues impact on men and women differently. How are these components of vulnerability affected by gender relations, and how different are the vulnerabilities of men and women in relation to disasters in Palestine? Vulnerability correlates strongly with poverty, and it is widely accepted that women make up a disproportionate share of poor people. How much is due to specific ‘gendered’ characteristics of self-protection, social protection, and livelihood resilience? And how will this be affected by climate change?

The analysis also will explore Gender inequality, women’s status, and capacity for protection and that the interventions designed are based on qualitative evidence and take a norm critical approach. The analysis will analyse how the harmful gender norms intersect with climate change, human rights, and conflict.

We Effect envisions an analysis that will shed the light on women’s land access and right to land ownership and productive resources (i.e. farm) in Palestine, and support the formulation of a trans disciplinary analysis on the gendered impacts of widespread deployment by the State of Israel against Palestinian people, of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and other toxic substances including those associated with the use of military weapons systems.

We Effect adopts a Conflict Sensitive Approach (CSA) in all programming and recognises gender inequality as a driver of conflict and therefore, in adopting CSA, we also work to shift harmful social norms that perpetuate gender inequality. Therefore, the expert gender organization will ensure to analyse the context and the impact of conflict or risk of conflict and ensure that the programme at a bare minimum does no harm and has a minimum negative impact of conflict.

 

(2) Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA): As part of the programme an Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) will be conducted and the actions that emanate from the assessment will be implemented during the programme life. Based on the World Bank the ESIA is an instrument to identify and assess the potential environmental and social impacts of a proposed project, evaluate alternatives, and design appropriate mitigation, management, and monitoring measures. The Social impact assessment (SIA) is the process of identifying and managing the social impacts of certain projects. It can also be applied to policies, plans and programmes. SIA is used to predict and mitigate negative impacts and identify opportunities to enhance benefits for local communities and broader society. Equally important is the role of SIA in the ongoing management of social issues throughout the whole project cycle until decommissioning and closure. As such, the social management plan that derives from an SIA is extremely important. SIA is also an essential foundation for community agreements and in processes of free, prior and informed consent conducted with indigenous communities before the start of industrial or infrastructure projects.

 

(3) Capacity development of PAIC members in rights-based gender: The Gender and power analysis study will be part of the capacity development of PAIC member organisations. The gender expert organization will develop their capacities to mainstream environment and climate while ensuring gender mainstreaming, conflict sensitivity and a human rights-based approach (HRBA) in policies, planning, program design and implementation. Focus is on capacity development of local partner organisations to work rights-based and to strengthen their gender equality work in the field and in their organisations. Following the capacity development, PAIC which continues to grow and develop as a coalition, will utilise these capacities to develop internal unified policies procedures in mainstreaming environment, gender equality and the HRBA.

2.2 The Gender expert consultant organisation is expected to:

2.2.1 At level of consultancy organization activities: Conduct the gender analysis at programme level and all programme components, which includes:

1.     Analysing the root causes of gender inequality, which might create barriers to women’s meaningful participation in this programme.

2.     Identifying the barriers to the recognition of women as agents of change in implementing sustainable agricultural practices, strengthening community resilience, and developing coping mechanisms         

3.     explore, norms, attitudes and behaviour that perpetuate gender inequality in each context community to ensure that interventions are designed based on qualitative evidence and take a norm critical approach.

4.     Analysing to what extent do harmful gender norms intersect with climate change, human rights and conflict? and how will these norms limit women’s access to information, access to support and safety and security and hinder women’s participation and benefit from this programme?

5.     Analysing decision-making power opportunities during programme on youth, women and men with focus on women

6.      Develop a gender mainstreaming and integration action plan in line with We Effect’s position for all PAIC partners’ programme activities.

7.     Identify tangible activities or actions to address the specific gender equality components of the programme including how to address the barriers and opportunities to ensure better coherence among stakeholders working in the environment, climate and the intersections with gender, conflict, and human rights.

8.     Develop the internal unified policies procedures in mainstreaming environment and gender equality.

9.     The gender consultant or organisation working with the PAIC member organisations will also ensure the environmental violations hotline with PENGON is updated, activated, and is linked to the GBV existing referral system to affirms the safety and security of any women activists/human rights defenders that might call.

10.  Support PAIC and lead the social impact study part for the programme full ESIA study.

2.2.2 At the level of cooperation and joint work with a conflict sensitive study consultant

It’s planned to conduct a conflict sensitivity study which will be conducted by another consultancy. The conflict sensitivity study will focus on the on the Israeli Pali conflict related to environment. For more detailed see annex 1: ToR CS. To achieve the goal of the two studies in the context of conflict analysis, joint work between consultants/organisations is required.

 

3. METHODOLOGY

We Effect will be responsible for overall management of the assignment and will be responsible to facilitate and utilize the work of consultant for the analysis. For broader discussion and deeper analysis, a reference group consisting of the PAIC directors and staff will be established and will be engaged and convened as per the needs for discussion, ideas and suggestion during the analysis period.

 

The consultant will carry out the analysis study according to the ToR and programme document and will include necessary tools and exercises to meet study objectives. some of these tools and areas of enquiry include, but are not limited to, the following: (a) secondary literature review including the programme document and annexes, (b) We Effect policies internal literature review, (c) key informant interviews, and (e) focus group discussions. Detailed methodology, including the design of data-collection tools and formulation of specific questions will be developed by the consultant. The process will involve both men and women. It is anticipated that the consultant will work with the c8onsultants conducting the conflict sensitivity approach to include questions on conflict sensitivity.

 

4. OUTPUTS/DELIVERABLES

 

It is expected that the gender expert organization consultant will use the We Effect Technical Guide to Qualitative Research comprising of (1) Research ethical protocol; (2) Guide to conducting focus group discussions and interviews, (3) Key questions. The guide is attached to this ToR below:

 

1.     Conduct a desk review including report summarizing the assessment of key policies to identify key gaps on gender mainstreaming within the programme and PAIC members. Comprehensive inception report that contains gender mainstream action plan, its coherence among programme activities, training needs assessment questionnaire.

2.     Submit an in-depth capacity development action plan for the coming 2 years to the programme and its members on gender equality mainstreaming and climate justice including what kind of support needed and tailored to each member organization of PAIC.

3.     Submit the social impact assessment which is a part of the programme full ESIA.

4.     Conduct the gender power analysis study including the gender conflict in coordination with the conflict sensitivity consultant.

5.     Collect data using qualitative methods (i.e., key informant interviews; focus group discussions, etc.).

6.     Write and submit a detailed analytical report with comprehensive findings, conclusions, and recommendations for the programme to integrate and mainstream gender equality within PAIC and the programme and how to overcome the gaps and identify structures that hindering gender equality.

7.     With Enclose consultation with We Effect’s partners, define the analysis report areas, main right-holders, problem statement, objectives, importance, reference framework, time frame and methodology (analysis plan).

8.     Present the draft report to We Effect and partners, and amend the draft, as needed.

9.     Write and submit the final report in English incorporating feedback from We Effect and partners.

10.  The final report will be designed with an eye to aesthetics, including graphics, images and materials that promote a lively reading experience.

 

11.  Provide capacity development for the PAICs the area of gender with focus on the integration between gender & environment including training workshop with partner organisations on adopting a gender mainstream action plan throughout the life cycle of the programme. Table 1 below summarized the main tasks against deliverables.

 

No

Tasks

Task 1

1.                desk review report summarizing the assessment of key policies to identify key gaps on gender mainstreaming within the programme and PAIC members.

2.   Comprehensive inception report that contains gender mainstream action plan, its coherence among programme activities.

3.   training needs assessment questionnaire.

Task 2

Report on the results of the survey and interviews for capacity development, training and learning needs of CSOs and action plan.

Task 3

submit gender power analysis study including the gender conflict.

Task 4

Submit the social impact assessment which is a part of the programme full ESIA.

Task 5

Submit capacity development training report for the PAICs

 

The below annexes should be included:  

·     Assessment of key policies to identify key gaps on gender mainstreaming.

·     Power point Presentation with analysis of results and recommendations attended by ECJP management, steering committee, and technical committee.

 

We Effect Inputs

·     ECJ programme document and relevant annexes

·     We effect strategy section 4.11 programme document.

·     We Effect gender policy.

·     We Effect position paper on GBV.

5. DURATION AND WORIKG SCHEDULE

5.1 Work duration: The period of implementation of the activity will be determined based on:

A: work duration in term of the gender conflict sensitivity and gender power analysis. This will take place at take place during the period of August - December 2021.

B: work duration in term of providing capacity development plan. This will be conducting over program implementation during the coming two years. The detailed time frame of capacity program will be settled as soon as We Effect has approved the capacity development plan.


 

5.2 Proposed work schedule.

·     Documentary review and preparation of methodology.

·     Fieldwork, meetings, interviews We Effect, PAIC directors, relevant Government agencies, grassroot organizations, and other organisation stakeholders,

·     Assessment and data analysis.

·     Presentation of findings and workshop discussion of results with We Effect management steering and technical committees and completion of the process.

·     Conducting a workshop with partner organisations on adopting a gender mainstreaming and gender conflict sensitivity action plan throughout the life cycle of the programme.

·     Final report to be submitted within 5 days of receiving feedback and comments from We Effect.

 

6. BUDGET AND PAYMENT

6.1 Fees

The gender expert organization shall specify the fee per working day (8 hours) in term of follow up the gender power analysis activities and fee per training day in term of Provide capacity development plan including all taxes, social costs and VAT. see annex 1: financial proposal.

6.2 Invoicing and Payment Procedures: The payment will be settled for gender expert consultancy will be:

A: In term of follow up the gender power analysis activities:

First payment: 20% of the total costs will be settled as soon as We Effect has approved the first task

Second payment: 20% of the total costs will be settled as soon as We Effect has approved the second task.

Third payment: 20% of the total costs will be settled as soon as We Effect has approved the third task.

Fourth payment: 20% of the total costs will be settled as soon as We Effect has approved the fourth task.

Fifth payment: 20% of the total costs will be settled as soon as We Effect has approved the fifth task.

B: in term of Provide capacity development plan , fee per training day. The payments will be settled as soon as We Effect has approved the capacity development plan.

7. Consulting firm qualifications

The gender conflict sensitivity and gender power analysis consultancy assignment are open to ONLY national expert organizations, with specialised knowledge and research expertise in gender mainstreaming in the environmental sector, conflict sensitivity and gender power analysis as well as development practice and theory.

 

·       Significant experience of conducting gender analysis and/or research on gender conflict/power analysis and its causes or approaches, as well as an understanding of how its impacts on women.

·       Experience of applying participatory methodologies and approaches to data collection (qualitative and quantitative) and programme design/implementation.

·       Sound theoretical knowledge of development theory.

·       Proven professional experience in women’s empowerment, gender equality and academic reports.

·       The consultant gender organization should be familiar with recent efforts by the CEDAW Committee to formulate new global human rights responses to intersections between gender-based and climate-related violence against indigenous people as these affect traditional approaches to farming, damage soils, water and air that belong to the commons; undermine local food security and access to nutritious food; compromise child development; increase the risk of cancers and other chronic illness, and compromise reproductive health.

·       Proven experience in applying human rights-based-approach (HRBA) in research (samples will be requested).

·       Experience in working with or for government institutions as well as civil society will be an asset

·       Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

·        The Qualification Requirements and Team Composition for the Key Experts are:

 

(1)  Team Leader:

·        Education: Team leader shall have master’s degree in gender, development policy, political science, environment and/or climate change related areas required (minimum requirement, PhD)

  • Demonstrable (track record) professional experiences in gender mainstreaming in environmental sector minimum 5 years.
  • Experience in knowledge development via designing training manuals and implementing training and capacity building activities for a variety of stakeholders
  •  Experience (proven by track record) in sustainable development, social dimension of environmental management issues, climate mitigation and adaptation, climate risks and impacts issues will be an asset.

 

(2)  Gender expert: Specialized expertise in gender issues and/or sector-specific needs

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, development studies, gender, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working on gender issues.
  • Demonstrated experience with gender integration in development programming.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills required.

·       Training in the field of gender and development and demonstrated expertise in mainstreaming gender in projects and programmes.

·       Familiarity with gender analysis tools and methodologies in the specific area of intervention.

 

(3)  Statistician and Data analysis expert(s):

·       A university degree in statistics, applied math, computer science or other related field.

·       At least five (5) years of experience in data gathering, questionnaire design and data analysis.

·       Good numerical and analytical skills

·       Ability to process computer data and to format and generate reports.

·       Knowledge of statistical research principles, methods, procedures, and standards.

·       Knowledge of statistics and experience using statistical packages for analysing datasets (Excel, SPSS, etc)

8. APPLICATIONS SUBMISSION

Applications MUST include:

1.     Technical offer:

a.   The contractor’s legal name and official registration documents,

b.   The contractor’s technical work history in accordance with the requested areas of expertise,

c.   The implementing team members, their appointed roles and responsibilities, and their resumes (with references) illustrating the related experiences in response to the requested qualifications,

d.   Implementation work plan,

e.   Description of the approach, methodology applied and short assignment analysis.

f.    Full names, positions, and dates of birth for the contractor’s key staff and if applicable, for any subcontract related to this assignment.

g.   Two examples of studies/reports similar to this assignment.

h.   Three references, of which one should be related to the work.

2.     Financial offer:  Should be submitted in ILS using the form in annex 1.a&b.(attached)

3.     Proposal should be submitted by email to palestine@weeffect.org as PDF file, signed and stamped.

4.     Deadline for submission is 16:00 , August 03, 2021.

5.     Deadline for inquiries is July 26, 2021.

6.     For any inquiries, please contact we effect country director

 monica.nordenwald@weeffect.org

and program coordinator / murad.alhousani@weeffect.org .

 

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